Amazing performances, food and cultural learning

Story appeared in: Review | July 10th, 2017

YOUNG people have learned about the Indigenous cultural practice of the Darug people with Aboriginal elder Uncle Lex Dadd at the Granville Youth and Recreation Centre.
The Deadly Youth NAIDOC Dayz event included a Welcome to Country along with smoking and cleansing ceremonies and there were also talks on language and culture, men's and women's business. Young people also took part in dance, didgeridoo and weaving workshops.
It was one of a number of events held to celebrate NAIDOC week and Cumberland Council interim general manager Malcolm Ryan said another highlight was a Darug Language and Culture Class held at the Guildford Youth Centre.
"The Darug language is one of the many spoken languages of Sydney. In recent years many people have worked hard to revive Darug as a spoken language," Mr Ryan said.
"The Language and Culture Class was designed to promote the Darug language and increase appreciation of Indigenous culture."
Barnardos Auburn also celebrated NAIDOC Week with activities at their Long Day Care Centre on Thursday, including performances by Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth, Vivianne Freeman and the children from the Barnardos Yurungai Learning centre, a barbecue lunch, and art and craft sessions.
A spokesperson said it was an "amazing day of performance, fantastic food and cultural learning".

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